PureMadi works at the intersection of water, societal, and human health disciplines.
Our work is based in the Venda region of Limpopo Province, South Africa. “Madi” is the Tshivenda word for water.
Our current focus is on the design, testing, and dissemination of ceramic technologies for point-of-use (e.g. household) water treatment.
Welcome to PureMadi
When you fill up your water bottle, you don’t worry about your water being clean.
Less than half of the world’s population has a consistent supply of clean drinking water. With every drink, the remaining four billion people are at risk for infections that can lead to severe dehydration and death, especially for children, as well as stunting their physical and cognitive growth.
The University of Virginia and the greater Charlottesville community are doing something about it. PureMadi is an interdisciplinary collaboration of UVA students and faculty. PureMadi’s mission is to prevent waterborne diseases through educating, training, and empowering resource-limited communities to produce and distribute an innovative point-of-use water treatment technology.
Over the past 5 years, PureMadi has successfully partnered with the University of Venda in Thohoyandou, South Africa and Rotary International to open a factory in the village of Mashamba in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The factory produces clay water pots infused with silver particles to disinfect the water – a technology perfected at UVA. Not only are the pots inexpensive and portable, the factory provides employment for local villagers and is an excellent small business model for community entrepreneurs.
During 2015, PureMadi is opening a second factory in Hammanskraal, South Africa in partnership with Khulisa Social Solutions, a South African NGO.